Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a type of mental disorder that can affect a child or an adult’s life because it can interfere with a person’s ability to learn, react, and interact with his/her surroundings. A person with ADD or ADHD is likely to experience inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. These three traits could result in symptoms like inability to perform in your full capacity whether at school or work; disorganized, poor social relationships, and sufferers may experience high levels of stress because of the inability to meet responsibilities and goals.
ADHD and ADD is not easy to diagnose because all people experience inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity every once in a while. However, a person may undergo testing if these traits appear more frequent compared to others, to a point where it is already affecting a person’s well being.
There is no single test that can diagnose ADD and ADHD. It usually involves several professionals to diagnose the disorders. Tests come in a variety of questions, checklists, and behavioral tests, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Testing may even take several months and during this time it is important to have close people (like parents for children being diagnosed) to work together with professionals in order to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Although ADD and ADHD testing is a long process, the benefits will be worth it. As a parent, you will have a deeper understanding of why your child is acting the way they do, regardless if they are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or not. If they have the disorder, a treatment plan is provided to ensure that your child does not suffer the symptoms, therefore making it easier for them to focus on school, be organized, and build relationships. Following a treatment plan can also relieve them from the possible stress they may feel.
If you are worried about your child’s behavior, there are online screening tools available to see if your child is possibly suffering from ADD or ADHD. These tools are normally used for screening purposes only and not as a diagnosis.